Spending your holiday money to fix your car isn’t such an exciting thought, but it is often the case when you don’t take care of your car. But it’s easy to learn to read the signals that your car may be sending you. This graphic below will give you an overlook on what you should keep your eyes on.


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Honda Urban SUV Concept

Consumers in the United States are big fans of big cars. They like heavy-duty 2-ton trucks, executive-sized SUVs and 8-passenger minivans with room for a table and fridge. They love space, and they love lots of it. Unfortunately, all that real estate comes at a high price to the environment and the family budget. It’s no surprise why big families like to own big cars, but it might surprise you to realize how seldom they’re truly needed. Buying smaller has its benefits. Just consider the following:

1. They don’t need so much space very often.

Big families often have age gaps between children, allowing some of them to stay home while mom or dad is running errands. Both parents may take their large vehicles to work for the day, each driving solo. Families should consider how often they really get out all at once, and whether or not it would be financially beneficial to buy a smaller car and just rent a van or SUV on those rare occasions when they need one.

2. They don’t need so much space. Ever.

So many people try to plan ahead when buying a vehicle, but rarely wind up needing the extra room. No one wants to be caught relying on others for help, but there’s little financial sense in paying for space that never gets used. It’s important for consumers to seriously consider their real-world auto use to avoid wasting a good deal of money.

3. Larger cars are much more expensive.

Not only do big vehicles cost more to buy, they’re also more expensive to maintain, to fuel and to register and insure. This element adds to the perception of value that comes with driving a larger, more expensive car. Consumers would be hard-pressed to find local Toyota Sequoia SUV dealerships that don’t capitalize on that.

There’s nothing wrong with owning the car you want most. As buying trends continue toward bigger and more expensive, however, consumers owe it to themselves to consider more affordable alternatives. Very often, they’ll find just as much satisfaction in buying a smaller car.

Mercedes A-Class Black Bison By Wald

by Isaiah on June 16, 2014

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Check out the latest styling package for the Mercedes A-Class by Japanese tuner Wald International. Called the Mercedes A-Class Black Bison, this entry-level family hatchback gets the familiar Wald bumper with large intakes and unique LED arrangement, a pair of sporty side skirts and some optional Wald graphics, a sizable diffuser, new tailpipes and an optional roof spoiler. The Black Bison package will set you back $4,000. [MW]

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Mitsubishi has unveiled the new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. This new 2015 model year comes with new specs including the next- generation CVT transmission (equivalent to a seven-speed automatic transmission) for the 4WD model, an all-new electric power steering system and revamped LED daytime running lights, and customers can customize the trim surrounding as well as the multimedia system in carbon, piano black or silver. [Autoevolution]

2014 MINI Cooper SD

by Isaiah on June 11, 2014

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Check out this newly unveiled 2014 MINI Cooper SD. This powerful 3-door vehicle is equipped with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine (w/ a 6-speed manual gearbox) that outputs 170HP and 360 Nm of torque. Performance-wise, the Copper SD can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.3 seconds (or 7.2 seconds with the optional 6-speed Steptronic gearbox) and cover 100 km with just 4.0 liters. The 2014 MINI Cooper SD will go on sale in the UK from July for a starting price of 19,450 GBP (about $32,582). [AR]

2015 Toyota Aygo Gets Pricing In The UK

by Isaiah on June 9, 2014

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The all new 2015 Toyota Aygo has just been priced in the UK. Coming in both three and five-door body styles, along with five different trim levels: x, x-play, x-pression, x-cite and x-clusiv, this compact city car is equipped with a 1.0-liter VVT-i three-cylinder petrol engine (w/ either a five-speed manual transmission or an optional new x-shift-automated manual transmission that can be used in fully automatic mode) that produces 68 hp and 95 Nm of torque. Prices start from 8,595 GBP (about $14,442). [MW]